Trinity proves dominance in South State rout

Published 12:27 am Monday, November 22, 2010

NATCHEZ — Before Friday’s MAIS Class A South State championship game between Trinity Episcopal and Sylva-Bay Academy of Bay Springs, the talk was all about Sylva-Bay’s Dandy Dozen running back and defensive back Cody Prewitt.

But once the game began, it became clear that Prewitt was not going to be the story. The Trinity Episcopal offense and defense made sure of that.

Trinity (14-0) kept its perfect season alive with a 43-13 win and now has a chance to win its second consecutive MAIS Class A state championship when the Saints take on Tri-County Academy on Friday.

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The game will take place at Harper-Davis Field on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson. The kickoff will be at 12:30 p.m.

Tri-County advanced to the state title game with a 21-14 win over Tunica Academy on Friday night.

Tunica had the ball inside the Tri-County 10-yard line in the final minute, but the Rebels defense stopped the Blue Devils on fourth down with 15 seconds remaining.

Trinity had no such drama in it’s state semifinal game.

The Saints led 15-0 after one quarter and 22-7 at halftime after a 53-yard touchdown pass from Givonni Dent to Daniel Dunaway with 1:20 remaining until halftime.

Trinity then outscored Sylva-Bay 14-0 in the third quarter to put the game well out of reach.

Prewitt, who has committed to play football at Ole Miss, was held to just 109 yards on 27 carries. He did score both of Sylva-Bay’s touchdowns, but also fumbled twice, the second of which led to Trinity’s final touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

“I could tell the kids were so geared up to stop him,” Trinity head coach David King said. “Nobody had stopped him all year. He may have a scholarship to Ole Miss, but we’ve got some kids who are going to play college ball too. They wanted to show him they can play on the same level as him.”

King has coached three state championship teams at Trinity, winning title in 2001, 2006 and 2009.

But none of those teams were undefeated, which makes Friday’s state championship game a little extra special.

“I’m very honored to coach this many good athletes,” King said. “But we’ve got one game left. We’ve got to keep building on what we do.”

Trinity running back Kent King said winning a state championship in his senior year would be the perfect way to end his time as a Trinity football player.

“This means a great deal,” King said. “Me, Givonni and all the other seniors have led this team from the summer until now. Now we have to finish it off with a state championship.”